Developing countries and the potential of mandatory reporting laws to identify severe child abuse and neglect

Mathews, Benjamin P. (2016) Developing countries and the potential of mandatory reporting laws to identify severe child abuse and neglect. In Child Safety, Welfare and Well-being : Issues and Challenges. Springer, pp. 335-350.

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This chapter considers the key characteristics of different types of child abuse and neglect, and outlines the nature and justifiability of mandatory reporting laws. The issue of whether these laws may be useful for child protection in developing countries with emerging economies is an important one. ‘Developing country’ is a term used by various institutions to describe a nation which has a lower living standard, industrial base, and human development index (HDI) compared to other countries (World Bank 2012; United Nations Development Programme 2013). In the context of developing countries, the chapter addresses two questions: first, might some forms of maltreatment be more suited to mandatory reporting than others? Second, what options for child protection may be considered by developing countries, taking into account children’s needs, cultural conditions and practices, economic imperatives, and the different levels of preparedness to implement child protection strategies?

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ID Code: 82523
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Child health, Child abuse, Child neglect, Law as a means to child health, Public health, Mandatory reporting laws, India, Developing countries
DOI: 10.1007/978-81-322-2425-9_21
ISBN: 978-81-322-2424-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Community Child Health (111704)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2015 22:44
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 04:41

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